DRIVE One & The DOTC rely on donations and grants for funding.
A simple donation from you can help us provide students with the necessary tools and training for future success!
Following our program’s S.P.E.E.D. Latter of Shop Etiquette is essential to not only maintain a safe and clean learning environment, but to best prepare you for workplace conditions in the future.
Keep the DOTC a "Weapons-Free" Zone:
The DRIVE One TechCenter (DOTC) is a Weapon-Free Zone. This means that no weapons are allowed on premises, including (but not limited to): Firearms, Knives (Hunting or Military-Grade), Combat Weapons (such as those used in various martial arts), or any other weapons, regardless if used for recreation or to commit bodily harm. Action will also be taken against those who use shop equipment, such as hammers and pry-bars, as weapons against others. Any student caught with a weapon, or trying to use shop equipment to threaten or harm students or faculty, will be immediately suspended from the program, and be brought before the DRIVE Board of Directors to decide on further disciplinary action.*
DRIVE One is a 501(c)(3) that provides at-risk youth with vocational training in Automotive Technology, Machining, Welding, Woodworking, and Transportation Design.
It was founded in May 2012 by a Detroit-area high school auto shop instructor as a means to fill the skills gap following the Great Recession of 2008.
Over the last six years, DRIVE students have received national attention, beginning with the 2014 Grand National Roaster Show, where our ’31 Ford Roadster was the first high-school built car to compete for the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster (AMBR) Award.
Their projects have won multiple awards at the largest indoor car show in North America (the Piston-Power Autorama in Cleveland, OH), have been one of only 120 cars to place at the largest outdoor car show in North America (the 2017 GoodGuys PPG Nationals in Columbus, OH), and our student-made-up Motorsports Team has been ranked as one of the Top 20 Street Stock race teams in the Country TWICE (first in the 2015 Great American Racing Series [GARS] Season and again in the 2018 Championship Racing Association [CRA] Season).
Overtime, DRIVE has expanded to include programs in Welding/Fabrication and Transportation Design, with both programs being crowned as State Champions at the Michigan Industrial Technology Education Society (MITES) State Finals EVERY YEAR from 2015 to current.
In addition to success with project-based learning, DRIVE partners with various organizations, including The Suburban Collection, Dorian Ford, NAPA Auto Care, Roush Industries, and others, to provide students with apprenticeships while still in high school. DRIVE One also partners with various sponsors such as Axalta Coating Systems, Ingersoll-Rand, Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles, and over 20+ others to provide students with valuable experiences, including extra-curricular activities and professional training.
In 2017, DRIVE became the official training and Career Technical Education (CTE) partner of WAY Academy East, commencing a partnership that would “Lead the W-A-Y in Vocational Education”. In 2018, DRIVE also became the official training and Career Technical Education (CTE) partner for South Lake Schools, providing courses in automotive technology, machining, welding, and transportation design to students from South Lake, Lakeshore, and East Detroit
In partnership among these four districts and DRIVE One, students from all four high schools now share classes in the 16,000 sq. ft. DRIVE One TechCenter (DOTC) in Roseville, Michigan, where they can develop trade skills, start a career, and receive their high school diploma all under one roof.
DRIVE ONE Offers a series of courses to assure our students succeed in numerous fields of study, including...
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Established: September 2013
Instructor(s): Paul Lee (Can-Do Mechanical ) & Dan Suarez
Goal: Students will learn the various forms of welding using all types of welding equipment while assisting in other program projects, as well as building experience that can be applied to future employment and internship opportunities.
Established: October 2012
Instructor(s): Guy Hart (Certified Machining Instructor 40+ Years), Paul Potocki (Former Machine-Shop Manager 25+ Years)
Goal: Students will learn basic metal-working skills requiring the use of lathes, mills, and CNC's to complete projects for competitions, and expand horizons through the use of available internships and employment opportunities as an experienced machine operator.
Established: October 2013
Head Instructor: Ryan Goimarac (McLaren)
Instructor(s): Tom Rimatzki (GMC Studios ) & Dale Burke (Ford )
Goal: Students will learn the fundamentals of Automotive Design, from a initial rendering, to final edition, to production scale-model. Students will also work on different design projects, such as pedal cars, from start to finishing product.
Established: October 2012
Instructor(s): Ken Hoffman (Certified Vocational Trades Instructor -30+Years) & Dale Strubank (Specialty Tool & Dye)
Goal: Basic skills for beginners through small furniture, work safety skills, finishing, measuring, and design
President: Paul Tregembo Sr. (Roseville H.S Auto Shop Instructor from 1967-2015 [retired])
Vice President: Chris Loria (Lakeshore Public Schools Superintendent from 1990-2016 [retired])
Secretary: Rev. Dianne VanMarter* (United Methodist Church Minister since 1990; PHD-Wayne State University )
Treasurer: Janice Hedge (Yale Public Schools Math Instructor from 1980-2014 [retired])
Trustee: Bonnie Petinga (Eyes-On Design Car Show Fundraising and Event Coordinator from 2010-Current)
Trustee:Paul Potocki (Competition Director-International Show Car Association from 2017-Present [ISCA ] )
Trustee:Tommy Tiganelli (Engine Developer-Fiat Chrysler Automobiles from 1965-2000 [retired])
Trustee:Paul Tregembo Jr. (Asst. Director-WAY Academy East from 2017-Present; MBA-Central Michigan University )
Trustee: Kevin Parrinello (Store Manager-O'Reilly Auto Parts from 2015-Current)
Trustee: Dale Strubank* (Specialty Tool & Die Machinist 1976-2013 [retired]; former U.S Navy Machinist [1963-1967])
Don Holbrook (Service Director- Roy O'Brien Ford)
Frank Hudson (Owner/Founder- Troy Auto Care)
Paul Lee (Owner/Operator- Gabbert's Concrete)
Joseph Tregembo (Communication's Director- DRIVE One)
Rick Wichtner (Owner- Rick's Tire & Wheel)
Mark Williams (Talent Acquisition- The Suburban Collection)
*-asterisk indicates Board Member/Trustee is Founding Member of DRIVE One (May 2012)
Our program gives students a chance to succeed in life. But providing the best tools for success doesn't come easy or cheap.
For as little as $25, you can help at-risk youth build both skills and a future not otherwise obtainable!
Your donation will go directly into purchasing materials, paying for trips to national car shows and competitions, and best preparing our youth for the workforce. And as a 501(c)(3), a donation to DRIVE One is considered Tax-Deductable!
Checks can be written out to DRIVE One, and mailed to:
DRIVE One TechCenter
15900 Common Rd
Roseville, MI 48066
Within two-to-four weeks of your donation, You will receive a letter in the mail from our Board of Directors and Treasury Department, verifying the donation and specified amount/product. This letter can be given to your accountant/tax-service for use as a write-off.
Please Join DRIVE One & Help Provide Valuable Job-Training To Students Who Need It!
Before enrolling in DRIVE, students and parents should understand the proper DRIVE Etiquette, or the 19-point “S.P.E.E.D. Latter of Shop Etiquette”, which is required of all students.
Established: July 2012
Head Instructor: Paul Tregembo Jr. (Certified Automotive Instructor -30+Years)
Instructor(s): Paul Tregembo Sr. (Certified Automotive Instructor-49 years)
Goal: Students will learn all aspects of automotive form & function, from learning how to diagnose a problem to finding that problem's solution. They will do so by applying taught skills on both project cars & daily drivers.